Description The Cumberland Homesteads Community is Tennessee's largest historic district. It was one of the New Deal Subsistence Farming Communities built during the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration to provide out of work families a chance to buy a home and learn new building trades. The Homesteaders were chosen from 5 counties. Most were unemployed coal miners, tenant farmers or factory workers. They exchanged their labor for credit towards the purchase of their farms. They paid full market value for their farms. Among the families that were chosen to become Homesteaders were my grandparents on both sides of my family. My Mom and Dad grew up within a mile of each other. They and the other children of the Homesteaders hold a deep gratitude for having been able to grow up in this unique community. They worked to establish a museum that tells the history. It is housed in the former government office building which is a 8-story tall stone tower, The Homesteads Tower Museum, Crossville, TN.This map was taken from a 1938 map that shows the basic road layout and farm divisions. The original map was painstakingly rehabilitated and visually enhanced to accentuate the woodland areas, streams, the state park and property boundaries. While many alterations to the original plan occurred during the years the project was under development, the basic design features remain until today.I invite you to come visit this special place and discover why the community is called the Showplace of the New Deal. Visit www.cumberlandhomesteads.org to learn more.